Stewards of Children

Stewards of Children™

Adult Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Stewards of Children is a prevention training program developed by Darkness to Light, that is being offered by New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. This is a free 2-hour training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The program is designed for organizations that serve youth and for individuals, over 18, that are concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-based program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors. Research findings from independent evaluators are available on

We are striving to educate 5%  of the Blount County population in child sexual abuse prevention. Evidence suggests that once 5% of a population has a change in behavior, the momentum for change becomes unstoppable. Help us to continue our endeavor to educate Blount County adults by attending one of our community education sessions or hosting a private training.


2018 Community Education Sessions – FREE and Open to the Public

Location: First Baptist Church, Maryville – Family Life Center

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

For more information, to register, or to schedule a private Stewards of Children training please contact Becky Rials via e-mail at, or call her at 981-2000.


Child Abuse Prevention Month 2018

New Hope honored the month of April with many wonderful programs and events.
Our many thanks to all who hosted pinwheel gardens and Stewards of Children training sessions.

Alcoa City Schools – all schools

Amanda Stone

Artistic Bean

Auto Solutions

Blount County Schools – all schools

Blount County Schools Central Office

Dandy Lions

First Alcoa United Methodist Church

First Apostolic Church – Maryville

Hepperly Auto Sales – East Lamar Alexander Parkway and West Broadway

Jackie Hill

Jane Groff

Jeremy Waldroop – PCS

Kahren White

Maryville Christian School

Maryville City Schools – all schools

Maryville City Schools Central Office

Maryville First Baptist Church

Maxey Long

New Hope BCCAC Staff members

Renasant Bank


Susanna Milner

Tally Ho Inn

United Way of Blount County

Vanessa Sparks – Habitat for Humanity

Village Tinker

Whitney Winston – Holston Conference



Partner in Prevention

Once your organization’s staff and volunteers complete the Stewards of Children program, you are well on your way to becoming a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention. As a Partner, your organization will earn annual distinction for your commitment to child protection. Once the application is approved, you will receive a Partner in Prevention emblem and poster for display at your facility, as well as a digital badge for use on websites, newsletters and marketing materials. Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to providing a safe environment for children: become a Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention.

Broadway Baptist Church ChildCare Center
First Baptist Church of Maryville Nursery School
Young at Heart Learning Academy
Apostolic Christian Academy PreSchool
Wesley Day School

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